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May 6, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

LAWMAKER TRYING TO IMPEACH AG KATHLEEN KANE EXPECTED TO CALL WITNESSES

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican, claims Kane – a Democrat – broke the law by refusing to defend Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage against a court challenge because she believes it’s unconstitutional. Metcalfe’s resolution also cites Kane’s decision to kill an investigation in which she acknowledged four Democratic state lawmakers were allegedly caught on recordings accepting money from a confidential informant.

STATE SUPREME COURT TO HEAR MEGAN’S LAW CHALLENGE

Opponents of the law contend that making juvenile sex offenders register with the police amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and prevents them from turning around their lives.

RETIRED PLAYERS CLAIM NFL’S $765 MILLION OFFER TO SETTLE CONCUSSION LAWSUITS WILL GIVE THEM ‘NOTHING AT ALL’

The retired players want a federal judge in Philadelphia to reject the settlement. The latest objections come from former players who aren’t disabled but still suffer from headaches, personality changes, trouble multitasking and other side effects they link to concussions suffered while playing in the league. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody fears the settlement is too low to cover 20,000 retirees for 65 years, as planned.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION MOVING FORWARD

The multibillion-dollar plan had been scuttled over concerns that 72 nearby homes and about a dozen businesses would be demolished. The reconfigured expansion plan won’t displace those residents and businesses.

WOMAN WHO LOST LEG TO RUNAWAY SCHOOL BUS CHALLENGING HALF-MILLION-DOLLAR DAMAGE CAP IN PUBLIC AGENCY LAWSUITS

Ashley Zauflik’s lawyer said she deserves the full $14 million jury award that followed the 2007 accident at Pennsbury High School in Bucks County. He wants the state Supreme Court to overturn a trial judge’s ruling that cut the award to the $500,000 state tort limit, even though the school district had $11 million worth of insurance coverage.

 

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

    July 29, 2014

  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking

    Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.

    July 29, 2014

  • PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers

    It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
    PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.

    July 28, 2014

  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 2014

  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.

    July 28, 2014

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